Raised in Kumamoto Prefecture, Kyushu, Gashu Fukami attended Doshisha University in Kyoto, graduating in 1975. During his time in school he discovered the works of Umetaro Azechi and Takeji Asano. These artists inspired Gashu to pursue woodblock printing in 1977. The following year he traveled to the United States to study at Kaji Aso Studio in Boston. Gashu returned to Kyoto in 1983, holding his first solo show in 1988. By 1997, he had moved to Nagasaki, before settling in Fukuoka in 1999. Gashu has held multiple solo shows in Japan, as well as at Ronin Gallery in New York. Self-carved and self-printed, his works carry the spirit of Sosaku Hanga into contemporary printmaking. Striking yet whimsical, Gashu’s woodblock prints make the familiar look uncanny, breathing exuberance into the everyday.